The Developer's Code

The Developer s Code You re already a great coder but awesome coding chops aren t always enough to get you through your toughest projects You need these nuggets of wisdom Veteran programmers reinvigorate your passion

  • Title: The Developer's Code
  • Author: Ka Wai Cheung
  • ISBN: 9781934356791
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • You re already a great coder, but awesome coding chops aren t always enough to get you through your toughest projects You need these 50 nuggets of wisdom Veteran programmers reinvigorate your passion for developing web applications New programmers here s the guidance you need to get started With this book, you ll think about your job in new and enlightened ways.TheYou re already a great coder, but awesome coding chops aren t always enough to get you through your toughest projects You need these 50 nuggets of wisdom Veteran programmers reinvigorate your passion for developing web applications New programmers here s the guidance you need to get started With this book, you ll think about your job in new and enlightened ways.The Developer s Code isn t about the code you write, it s about the code you live by There are no trite superlatives here Packed with lessons learned from than a decade of software development experience, author Ka Wai Cheung takes you through the programming profession from nearly every angle to uncover ways of sustaining a healthy connection with your work You ll see how to stay productive even on the longest projects You ll create a workflow that works with you, not against you And you ll learn how to deal with clients whose goals don t align with your own If you don t handle them just right, issues such as these can crush even the most seasoned, motivated developer But with the right approach, you can transcend these common problems and become the professional developer you want to be In than 50 nuggets of wisdom, you ll learn Why many traditional approaches to process and development roles in this industry are wrong and how to sniff them out Why you must always say no to the software pet project and open ended timelines How to incorporate code generation into your development process, and why its benefits go far beyond just faster code output What to do when your client or end user disagrees with an approach you believe in How to pay your knowledge forward to future generations of programmers through teaching and evangelism If you re in this industry for the long run, you ll be coming back to this book again and again.

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    1 thought on “The Developer's Code”

    1. It's an awesome book!Some of the ideas you can already find in other Pragmatic Bookshelf books, but it is still a great read. If you're an experienced programmer, you will get challenged by some of the ideas. If you're not, you'll get some good insight on where our industry is (or ought to be).The writing, in particular, is great.

    2. well, maybe it gets better after essay 22 but I decided to stop there - a lot of general stuff most of it already present in other / older / better books like "The Pragmatic Programmer" or "Code Complete" or whatever.

    3. The book follows the 37signals style of cramming lots of mini-essays, each of which provides some inspiration or insight, into a relatively short book in the attempt to cover a lot of ground. Whilst it reads well, some of the chapter divisions seem fairly arbitrary and many run on to each other. In my eyes, this seems to reduce the number of insights since many chapters cover the same basic ideas, so don't expect to take exactly 50 ideas away from the book. The book varies between being a fairly [...]

    4. The book it's self was very insightful not only to programming but on how to approach many areas when confronted by a problem. I enjoyed all aspects of this book and the structure made it interesting to read.I would look forward and motivated to work in the industry after reading this.

    5. I imagine for someone wondering if programming is for them, the book may be very interesting. For me it was full of cliches and too long metaphors.

    6. Overall, I like the authors writing style. But writing about things like customer interaction or dealing with project managers like a hardened veteran and only possessing less than 15 years of experience does not impress me.I've been at it 25 years. There were things that might work well in his company, but not places I've worked.For instance, his two hours of closed time for a developer. It's more than other developers interrupting me in my day. I'm the only one that knows certain areas of code [...]

    7. Someone just finishing school and considering a career in programming will probably benefit the most from reading The Developer’s Code. As stated in the book’s subtitle the author, Ka Wai Cheung, does write about “What Real Programmers Do”, or at least his experiences as a web-software-application-developer and designer.Of the topics relating specifically to programming I was able to identify with many of the dilemmas mentioned by Cheung. I was, however, expecting more war stories and pr [...]

    8. If you're looking for an easy read on the essence of being a programmer, this is a good candidate. The book is not about official title or getting a paycheck, but about the patterns of thought and behavior that are common among programmers who love their craft. Like patterns in general, these are not strict proscriptions about what you must do or think to be a "real" programmer but ideas and illustrations.The book is organized into themes, each of which contains a number of short essays. Most of [...]

    9. This was not so much a book as a collection of essays that meander through a whole raft of topics relevant to modern professional development. Along the way, Cheung explains his thoughts on topics as varied as Client Relations, Code Generation, The Dreyfus Model of Skills Acquisition as it applies to teaching programming, "Off-Time" and a lot more.On the whole it is an entertaining and lightly inspiring read, the sort of book that can help us to remember what we loved so much about this industry [...]

    10. This book is a collection of short essays which each has its own essence in relation to programing principles, programmer's behavior, mentoring staffs, tactics on handling client and do a more practical work. It could be read in any order hence it's important to take some note on which essay topic that you are going to refer to if you like me use the audio version. Even through, author has deep knowledge on front end development such as web and mobile, it still could be extent easily to full sta [...]

    11. Lately I've been giving a lot of thought to what it means to not only be a programmer but what it takes to be a *great* programer. With that in mind when I saw "The Developer's Code: What Real Programmers Do" I got very excited. There are lots of good bits of information in this book. It isn't as abstract as "Pragmatic Programmer's" or as detailed as your typical "how to code" book of syntax. It attempts a somewhat middle ground, sort of like conversations with Senior Programmers on what should [...]

    12. This book had some interesting thoughts. I enjoyed the comparisons between writing code and being an author/artist, and his observation that the metaphor comparing software engineers to engineers and architects of physical materials leads to false ideas and bad practices. I also enjoyed the notes about software creation being a healing craft. But for the most part, the book didn't seem to add anything special to the Pragmatic Programmers series. The Pragmatic Programmer covered many things bette [...]

    13. This book is very easy to read. It reads my developer's mind and help me to motivate myself as being a developer. I guess you will most out of it if you are an experienced developer. The only thing I don't like is the last few chapters. As I think the author uses too much content to deliver the message, which in short, it's pretty much saying create your own tool if you can't find a suitable one out there. But it feels like the author is trying to promote his framework invented by his company. I [...]

    14. So far I'm finding the book to be a nice reminder of some things I already know with a few hints on things to do better. Mostly I enjoyed the sections on motivation and productivity. The book is easy to read and has some real-world examples that are actually relatable. I like how the author adds some stories from his own life that can frankly mirror some of my own. It seems pretty down-to-earth in the writing style; like he's writing to a colleague rather than for a book. While that may turn som [...]

    15. The book is divided into small essays that suggest and advise things to do and avoid when programming, generally not in a technical way, but more in a state of mind and the way in wich we should aproach a programming challenge. Although some of the essays were good ideas that made me consider to change the ways in which I work, most of them were too repetitive and not that helpful.

    16. Short essays from one developer who seemed a bit too inexperienced to write this book. Lots of sensible tips for junior developer. But also lots of one-sided, too simplified or plain wrong suggestions. What bothered me most was how totally anecdotal everything was, like absolutely no research would have been done for the book.

    17. This book is on the lines of The Pragmatic Programmer (by Andrew Hunt and Dave Thomas).The author talks of his own experiences and learnings as a developer and shares his thoughts on productivity, motivation , dealing with clients , how to tackle complexities in a software environment etc.A very nicely compiled book that's easy to read all through.

    18. For me there wasn't a lot of news from this book. But Ka Wai Cheung confirmed most of my thoughts about programming in general, and it's a nice feeling knowing I think alike with a guy ho writes a book about it.

    19. This book is worth a read but don't expect anything too exciting.Some of it's quite good and worth taking note of. Too much of it, however, feels like motherhood statements and opinion without any rigorous basis.Quick read though - so ignore what you want to and make use of the good stuff.

    20. Copyright is 2012, exposed me to some software technologies which will prove to be useful. Book has 141 pages, not 250. An index of some key terms for future lookup would have been good (eg Red Gate, Jenkins, ORM)

    21. This is a good book. But it is neither revolutionary nor entertaining. It is certainly not the second "Pragmatic Programmer" as one of the reviewers praised.

    22. Another good book in the developer philosophy genre. Won't become a classic, but worth the read – I picked up few ideas or ways to explain ideas I already had.

    23. This book tells the story how the real programmers do their work. Mostly, I found many things to follow. I think it's a good book for programmers who want to improve their work.

    24. Good book for young developers detailing in vignettes a model of a good developer's life outside of the code.

    25. Very good book about what is to be a software developer and it has many tips about how to be a better developer.You can give this book for non-programmers to understand what we are doing?

    26. Some good off beat stuff in here. I will gripe that the book feels mistitled. Some nice essays but "a code"?

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